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Announcement: Journal of Victorian Culture Graduate Student Essay Prize 2015-16

2015 April 7
by lucinda matthews-jones

 The Journal of Victorian Culture inaugurated an essay prize competition in 2007, and our past winners include Louise Lee, Tiffany Watt-Smith, Bob Nicholson, and Tom Scriven whose essays appear in issues 13.1 (2008), 15.1 (2010), 17.3 (2012), and 19.1 (2014).  We are pleased to announce the next competition. The aim of the JVC Essay Prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working on the Victorian period in any discipline in the UK and abroad. The essay, which must be no longer than 7000 words in length (including notes), may be on any aspect of Victorian culture appropriate for the scope of the journal (this embraces literature and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic and religious history; the history of music, science, technology, medicine, theatre and visual culture; historical geography). The editorial board welcomes essays that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. However, the board also encourages essays which, while focusing on one sub-discipline, reflect on the implications of their argument for other Victorian studies constituencies. Authors should keep in mind this question: how is this research of interest to other Victorianists?

Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known. Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis.

The prize

Publication of the winning essay in JVC; £100 cash prize, a free year’s subscription to JVC.



Word limit: maximum of 7000 words, plus an abstract (250 words) and a word count.

Closing date for submissions: 30 November 2015.

Entrants should follow JVC style guidelines as detailed on the journal’s home page.

The competition will open to anyone currently registered for a higher research degree, or who has been awarded one within the previous 3 years. An entry form will be available on JVC Online and will require the signature of the Academic Supervisor, confirming the entrant’s status.

All submissions must include a coversheet: JVC Graduate Essay Prize Coversheet



Entries should be submitted to the journal in the normal manner via JVC scholar one manuscripts: Please ensure that you select ‘prize essay’ in the ‘submission type’ box and you must also upload a completed JVC Essay Prize entry form with your submission (available at JVC Online and from the publisher’s website, ).


All published essays will be subject to the same copyright terms as everything else published in JVC. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be considered. There is only one prize and the judges reserve the right to award no prize if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard.  The judges for the prize will be the Editorial Board of Journal of Victorian Culture.  The process of selection will, accordingly, fulfil the requirements of peer review.  The judges reserve the right to recommend revisions to the prize-winning essay prior to publication.

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